THEY may have a connection in college right now, but that is not the primary reason why Caloy Garcia wants Raymond Almazan at Rain or Shine.
The Letran coach, also the top deputy of Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao, believes the Knights’ star slotman is what their team needs in the PBA next season.
Guiao has never hidden his desire to pick a reliable big man in the PBA rookie draft on November 3 when the organization will have the third overall selection.
Among the top big men in the pool are 6-foot-11 Greg Slaughter, the 6-foot-6 Ian Sangalang, and 6-foot-7 Almazan.
“I think if coach Yeng sticks to his word na 'pag nakuha na si Sangalang at Slaughter at maging available (si Almazan, pwede siya kunin), kasi kailangan rin namin ng big man,” Garcia said after the Knights’ 75-68 win over San Sebastian on Saturday in the NCAA.
Garcia has marveled at the development this season of the 24-year-old Almazan, who has transformed from a defensive stalwart into a complete player, averaging 14.8 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks in 30.1 minutes in 17 games.
“Ever since we started the season, hindi niya lagi hinahanap yung bola. Sometimes he gets the scoring from his rebounding. Ang laki ng (improvement ng) maturity niya from the start until now.”
“I just hope 'pag dating niya sa ibang level, he continues to improve in other departments.” Garcia added of the pride of Bataan.